Microsoft Drops Windows 7/8.1 Support For AMD Ryzen & Intel Kaby Lake CPU

By Bev, Posted: 03/20/17 06:10AM EDT

A year ago, Microsoft reported that it would implement a new support strategy for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Not it would appear that the company will follow through on this launch by implementing the same. PCs that are fueled by the most recent Intel, AMD and Qualcomm processors won't get updates for already said OS eras.

As noted by Computer World, people with the most recent AMD and Qualcomm processors are given a notification to tell them that they will no longer get security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. "Your PC utilizes a processor that isn't bolstered or supported on this rendition of Windows," it said. "What's more, you won't get updates."

Another possible warning or notification is a citation of error code 80240037. Both of these will be activated when an individual tries to acquire updates from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

But, now, it looks as though the case is true for devices that keep running on the seventh-generation processors from Intel (Kaby Lake) and AMD (Bristol Ridge) or the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip.

The new procedure or policy was reported in mid-2016, where Microsoft clarified why the decision must be made. Clearly, the Redmond-based company was experiencing issues getting Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to keep running on the most recent processors.

Accordingly, the tech giant chose that only Windows 10 would keep running on the processors that were of the seventh generation and beyond. Similarly, it was also reported that support for 7 and 8.1 would keep on diminishing overtime. This is possible especially due to the fact that chip companies will keep on mixing out newer and more powerful products.

As Ars Technica announced, Skylake was initially expected to be included in the policy too. however, Microsoft in the end related and decided on a provision that only security fixes for Skylake systems running on either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 would be given. The others might be compatible with Windows 10.

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